|Igor Stravinsky - A Reluctant Farewell|
Tribute to late Russian-American giant features rendition of entire "Firebird" ballet as played on piano by Stravinsky. Also on the program is the Duo Concertant for violin and piano, Norwegian Moods, and Le sacre du printemps. Broadcast one day after Stravinsky's death.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; 20th Century Classical; Igor Stravinsky
|Im Memoriam Lou Harrison, A Lou Harrison Tribute at Other Minds 9, 2003 - Lou Harrison|
Im Memoriam Lou Harrison (1917 - 2003) - a tribute performance at Other Minds Festival 9 at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, 2003. This performance was dedicated to the late composer Lou Harrison who passed away shortly before the festival. King David's Lament (1941; choral version 1985; arr. by Christi Denton 2003) San Francisco Premiere Harold Gray Meers, tenor Mark Morash, & Jake Heggie, piano four hands San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus Kathleen McGuire, conductor Members of the Other ...
Keywords: 20th Century Classical
|Imaginary Landscape: A Concert by the Extended Vocal Techniques Ensemble (EVTE)|
A live concert by the Extended Vocal Techniques Ensemble, recorded at the KPFK studio in Los Angeles. During the intermission the members of EVTE discuss their work and give examples of the techniques they use to create their music. After the concert their is a panel discussion with the members of EVTE discussing their personal backgrounds.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Imaginary Landscape; Music; Avant-Garde; EVTE
|Imaginary Landscape: Ingram Marshall|
A Live Concert of music by Ingram Marshall, recorded in the KPFK studio in Los Angeles. After a brief introduction by the composer we hear two short pieces of sound poetry followed by the longer work, Fragility Cycles.
Keywords: KPFK-FM; Interview and Music; Sound Poetry; Ingram Marshall
|Imaginary Landscape: Lou Harrison - 40 Years of Music (A 60th Birthday Tribute)|
On May 14, 1977 Lou Harrison celebrated his 60th birthday. Composers, musicians, music lovers, and friends paid tribute at St. John’s Church in Berkeley CA. The concert was produced by Paul Dresher, Peter Garland and Rae Imamura. The performers included the Repercussion Unit from the Cal Institute of the Arts, The East Bay New Music Ensemble directed by Robert Hughes, and the Berkeley Gamelan. Carl Stone and Leni Isaacs from KPFK play selections of Lou Harrison’s work...
Keywords: Music; New Music; 20th Century Classical; Lou Harrison
|Improv:21 - The Systemic Language of Music & the Spirituality of Art: An Informance with Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith - ROVA:Arts|
The intersection between abstract art and improvised music is explored by composer, musician, and educator, Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith, in this program recorded on March 12, 2007, and produced by ROVA: Arts as part of their Improv 21 series of interview/performances with gifted composers specializing in various forms of improvisation. Smith, a talented jazz trumpeter, first began composing music at the age of 12, and has since gone on to develop a system for guided improvisation that he calls Ankh...
Keywords: ROVA: Improv:21: Interview and Music; Avant-Garde; Free Improvisation; Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith
|Improv:21: Understanding Conduction: An Informance with Lawrence “Butch” Morris - ROVA:Arts|
Part lecture, part rehearsal, and part performance, this fascinating program provides a window into a system for the creation of improvised music by an ensemble or band, that it's designer, Lawrence "Butch" Morris, calls conduction. In his words conduction is: "A vocabulary of ideographic signs and gestures activated to modify or construct a real time musical arrangement of any notation or composition...
Keywords: ROVA: Improv:21: Interview and Music; Chamber Music; Free Improvisation; Lawrence Butch Morris
|Information Transmission, Modulation and Noise: Steve Reich and John Gibson|
Steve Reich and Jon Gibson stopped off at the KPFA studio after a rehearsal for a performance scheduled for the next day at the UC Berkeley’s Art Museum. The discussion centers around Reich’s very unusual music and you will hear an East Coast performance of his Four Organs as well as an exciting recording of Ghanian drumming which Reich recorded in Ghana. They also introduce the music of Philip Glass, playing a tape of his Music in Similar Motion...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; Minimalism; New Music; Steve Reich; John Gibson
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|Interview and music with American mezzo-soprano Cathy Berberian on KPFA's Ode to Gravity, 1972 - Cathy Berberian|
Cathy Berberian Interviewed on KPFAs Ode to Gravity, November 1, 1972. Charles Amirkhanians interview with the legendary mezzo-soprano Cathy Berberian was recorded informally in her home in Milan. With birdsongs, traffic noise, and the arrival of a telegram from Luciano Berio in the background, the singer talks about her theory of the New Vocality, her approach to recitals, her upbringing and musical training, her experience working with Igor Stravinsky, and many other topics Enjoy musical examp...
Keywords: Opera; 20th Century Classical
|Interview of Alan Rich|
Will Ogdon interviews former KPFA music director and current music critic for the New York Times. Mr. Rich discusses his daily routine at the Times as well as describing the status of the the New York Times and the ability of its music critics to enhance the reputation and career of performing artists.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Pacifica Radio; Interview; Other Finds; Alan Rich
|Interview with Alan Rich, former KPFA Music Director, 1972 - Alan Rich, Charles Amirkhanian|
Charles Amirkhanian talks with one of KPFAs former Music Directors (1953-1960) who left to become music editor of New York Magazine. Mr Rich was in the Bay Area to report on activities of both the San Francisco Opera and the Bay Area Rapid Transit System (BART). He published a book on the future of the orchestra and is the author of Music: Mirror of the Arts. Recorded Saturday, November 11, 1972 in Berkeley.
Keywords: 20th Century Classical
|Interview with Archie Henderson III, Robert Hughes & Olga Rudge on Ezra Pound|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews Archie Henderson III, Robert Hughes & Olga Rudge about the music of Ezra Pound upon the performance of his works in San Francisco on March 28, 1983. You can also read about and purchase the Other Minds' CD "Ego Scriptor Cantilenae, the Music of Ezra Pound" by going to http://www.otherminds.org
Keywords: Interview; Poetry; Opera; Ezra Pound
|Interview with Arthur Frick, candidate for Dictator of America|
Arthur Frick, a 20 year old artist whose American parents taught at the University of Beruit, Lebanon, campaigned to be elected Dictator of America in 1972. His platform stressed the need for artists to be involved in high governmental positions, so that they may bring creative solutions to the problems which beset politicians in the White House. Frick also holds strong views on the role of sex and sexuality in political and artistic life as well as the role of the nose in this political campaig...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview; Politics and Culture; Conceptual Art; Other Finds
|Interview with Beth Anderson and Victoria Bond|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer Beth Anderson, and composer and conductor Victoria Bond about their upcoming participation in the 1974 Cabrillo Music Festival. Bond talks about the challenges facing women conductors in the classical music scene, as well as describing her piece “Caged” that was scheduled to be performed at the Festival. Anderson discusses her work “Joan” inspired by the story of Joan of Arc, and two other works that were also to be performed during the 1974 Cabril...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; Classical Music; 20th Century Classical; Beth Anderson; Victoria Bond
|Interview with Charlotte Moorman, 1970 - Charlotte Moorman, Harvey Matusow|
Harvey Matusow interviewed Charlotte Moorman in New York where she talks about the history of her Festival of Avant-Garde Arts. This talk was recorded in 1970. Cellist Charlotte Moorman became famous in NYC in the 60's for playing avant-garde music, occasionally in the nude. She was also closely associated with Nam Jun Paik, who wrote many works for her, including the famous one where she wears a bra made up of two mini-TVs...
Downloads: 1,284 (2 reviews)
|Interview with Dane Rudhyar|
Charles Amirkhanian and Jim Shere interview composer, philosopher, and astrologer, Dane Rudhyar, about his life and ideas. Rudhyar draws some comparisons between his own life in the 1920s when, recognizing that life is cyclical, he decided to leave his land, language, and even his name behind, in order to explore a new world (United States) and a new way of being, and the social upheaval of the 1960s with its hippies and desires for a New Age...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview; Current Events; Dane Rudhyar; Social Change; Psychosynthesis
|Interview with David Gitin|
Charles Amirkhanian and Eleanor Sully talk with David Gitin and his wife, Joyce, concerning the recently published first issue of Bricoleur Magazine, a volume of poetry edited by David Gitin. The first issue included poetry from Africa, as well as works by American poets and authors, including Michael McClure, Charles Amirkhanian, George Oppen, Clark Coolidge, and many others. Each of the Gitin's read examples of their poetry.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview; Poetry; David Gitin
|Interview with Edo De Waart|
Charles Amirkhanian talks with the then recently appointed conductor of the San Francisco Symphony, Edo de Waart. Born in Holland in 1941, de Waart came to the Bay Area after serving as principle conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. In this interview he discusses his approach to his new position in San Francisco, the impact of audio recordings on his field, his impressions of American vs...
Keywords: Interview; Classical Music; Conductors; Edo de Waart; KPFA-FM
|Interview with Frank Zappa|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews Frank Zappa in anticipation of his appearance on Speaking of Music at the Exploratorium. Zappa discusses his digital re-mastering of his album "Lumpy Gravy" and other early works. The musical selections played during this program are not included in this recording.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview; Popular Music; Avant-Garde; Frank Zappa
|Interview with Gladys Nordenstrom|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews Gladys Nordenstrom, composer and wife of Ernest Krenek, in which she discusses one of her songs "Time 24", which is based on a poem by the Czech poet Renata Pandulova.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview; Art Songs; Gladys Nordenstrom
|Interview with Hal Clark|
From a program recorded in February of 1975, Charles Amirkhanian and Neil Rolnick interview the American composer, Hal Clark. Clark had just become the director of the new music studio at the Henie-Onstad Art Center in Norway. The studio was scheduled to open in May of 1975 and was to feature both electronic music, new music, ballet, and mixed media works. Clark describes the music scene in Norway in the early 1970s including its vibrant jazz scene, its single radio station, and the dearth of co...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; Jazz; Hal Clark
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|Interview with Ilhan Mimaroglu of Finnadar Records|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews Turkish born, Ilhan Mimaroglu, about his new record label Finnadar Records. Mimaroglu, a record producer and a composer in his own right, founded Finadar in a partnership with Atlantic Records, in order to present avant-garde and new world music to the American audience, as well as a means to publish his own compositions.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview; Avant-Garde; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; Ilhan Mimaroglu
|Interview with Ivan Wyschnegradsky|
From his home in Paris, Russian-born composer Ivan Wyschnegradsky discusses with Charles Amirkhanian his approach to writing microtonal music, and his desire for a "chromatic revolution". He describes his invention of the quarter-tone piano that has two harps controlled by three keyboards, enabling performances by a single player, and elaborates on his subsequent evolution as a composer. Wyschnegradsky focuses on "The Day of Existence", an early work (influenced by Scriabin) that he is revisitin...
Keywords: New Music; interviews; unconventional instruments; composers; Ivan Wyschnegradsky
|Interview with Kurt Masur|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews Kurt Masur, conductor of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Joining them in the studio is German affairs commentator Helga Lohr-Bailey, conductor George Cleve, and violinist Jorja Fleezanis. Topics discussed include the origins of the Orchestra, the work of Mendelssohn, the lack of passion among young people that did not live through the turbulent times of the mid 20th century, and the differences between the musical cultures of Eastern Europe and the United States,...
Keywords: KPFA-FM: Interview; Music; Classical Music; Kurt Masur; 19th Century Classical
|Interview with La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela|
Russ Jennings interviews La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela about their new collaborative work, The Well Tuned Piano. This work is the culmination of a life long interest in just intonation on the part of Young and also incorporates the light art of Zazeela. The two also discuss the influence that Pandit Pran Nath has had on their art.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview; Performance Art; Minimalism; La Monte Young
|Interview With Luciano Berio|
Recorded in July of 1962, this is a fascinating interview between composer, music professor, and KPFA presenter, Glenn Glasow, and the Italian avant-garde composer Luciano Berio, who had just joined the faculty at Mills College. In many ways this interview highlights the difficulty that many musicologists and listeners of traditional classical music, had dealing with the new, radical concepts being promoted by the likes of Berio, Pierre Boulez, and John Cage...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview; Music; Avant-Garde; 20th Century Classical
|Interview with Martha Anne Verbit|
Boston pianist Martha Anne Verbit, a native of Georgia, visits with Charles Amirkhanian, who plays a number of Verbit's recordings as well as excerpts from a recent performance Verbit gave at Alice Tully Hall in New York. They also discuss the matter of interpreting Gershwin, Antheil and other composers. Verbit feels that pianists are often better interpreters of pieces than the composers themselves are.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview; Music; Piano Music; Martha Anne Verbit; 20th Century Classical
|Interview with Max Neuhaus|
John Corigliano, the music director of WBAI interviews percussionist Max Neuhaus about his work interpreting and performing Karlheinz Stockhausen's work Zyklus. Although Stockhausen originally intended the piece to be played spontaneously, most percussionist found that the range of instruments the piece called for, (twenty one) to be too unwieldy to make a spontaneous performance possible. However after consulting with Stockhausen and spending months practicing Neuhaus finally managed to perform...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; WBAI; Max Neuhaus; Interview; Music; New Music; Percussion music
|Interview with Morton Feldman, 1967 - Morton Feldman, Charles Shere|
Morton Feldman Interviewed by Charles Shere, July, 1967. This wide ranging literate, and always fascinating conversation between composer Morton Feldman and writer/composer/journalist (and former KPFA music director) Charles Shere touches on the work of various composers, performers, artists, and writers. Feldman talks about ways of composing, including his own, and to what degree a composer is "on the make" with regard to his audience...
Keywords: Interview; 20th Century Classical
|Interview with Mrs. Walter Haas|
Mrs. Walter Haas, founder of the Michael and Sarah Stein collection of the San Francisco Museum of Art, recalls her friendship with the couple after they fled Europe in 1938 and took up residence in Palo Alto. Interviewed in her Atherton home by Rena Down and Charles Amirkhanian, she recalls her meetings with Matisse and Toklas and discusses Matisse’s “La Femme a Chapeau”, which hung on a nearby wall but a few feet from the KPFA microphone.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Art; Modern Art; Interview
|Interview with Per Nørgård|
On November 30, 1970, Per Norgard, the then 38 year old Danish composer, talked with Charles Amirkhanian in the KPFA-FM Studios. Norgard discusses his early studies with Vagn Holmboe and others and explains his system of music composition known as the “infinity row”, which can generate compositions of any duration up to and including a millennium. These works which also have numerous layers and sub-layers constituted his output of the time...
Keywords: Per Nørgård; KPFA-FM; Music and Interview; New Music; Electro-acoustic / Electronic; Composers
|Interview with Phil Winsor|
Charles Shere talks to Philip Winsor about his work, Sound Study I, written at the San Francisco Tape Music Center, was followed two years later with his Sound Study II, produced at the Milan Studio. Together they try to sort the differences in achievement out of the similarities of means. A classic example of a classically trained composer (Shere) trying to get his head around the process of composing electronic music...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; Phil Winsor
|Interview with Primous Fountain III|
Charles Amirkhanian talks with the young black composer Primous Fountain III of Chicago who traveled to the West Coast to witness a performance of his "Manifestation" by the Oakland Symphony Orchestra. Also in the studio are Maestro Harold Farberman and Charles Shere. Fountain has had his orchestral compositions performed by the Chicago and Boston Symphonies, but composes jazz for Quincy Jones and rhythm and blues music as well...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview; Jazz; 20th Century Classical; Primous Fountain III
|Interview with Stanley Shaff and Douglas McEachern, creators of Audium, a Theatre in Sound based in San Francisco - Audium|
Charles Amirkhanian speaks with Stanley Shaff and Douglas McEachern about their creation, Audium, a Theatre in Sound located in San Francisco California. This interview, one of the first done by Amirkhanian who joined KPFA on 8 July 1969, honors two of the most innovative pioneers of modern spatial music. Shaff, who celebrates his 75th birthday on February 14, 2004, is a featured composer at Other Minds Festival 10, taking place in San Francisco March 4-5-6 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts...
Keywords: Sound Art
|Interview with Terry Riley|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer Terry Riley at his home in Northern California on June 11, 1983. Riley describes his early childhood experiences with music, his life as a student in San Francisco and his first experimentation with serial and then minimal composition. He goes into great detail about the processes that led to his seminal work "In C". Riley describes his early collaborations with others and his later tendency to work alone...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview; New Music; Minimalism; Terry Riley
|Interview with Ursula Block of Gelbe Musik|
We take a walking tour through the renowned New Music record and tape shop in West Berlin known as Gelbe Musik (Yellow Music). A conversation with director Ursula Block as she plays samples of her album for customers takes on an an unexpected direction as the composer in residence of the Beijing Symphony, Mr. Zhongrong Luo, joins us to purchase some Varese and Xenakis albums to play for his students in the Peoples Republic of China...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview; New Music; Avant-Garde; Gelbe Musik; German record stores
|Interview with Valery Gergiev|
Charles Amirkhanian talks with Valery Gergiev, the leading Soviet conductor of his generation and the dynamic and sensitive protagonist of two San Francisco Symphony subscription series concerts. Maestro Gergiev is the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Mariinsky (formally Kirov) Theatre of St. Petersburg and Principal Guest Conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic. He discusses his personal approach to warhorses, his desire to acquaint audiences with the full range of Russian and S...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview; Classical Music; Valery Gergiev
|Interview with Witold Lutoslawski|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews Polish composer and conductor, Witold Lutoslawski. They discuss the political changes in Poland after the end of the Cold War and how that effects the ability to criticize the government and change the way in which the arts are supported. Lutoslawski also talks about his composition, Mi-Parti, which was to be performed by the San Francisco Symphony soon after this interview...
Keywords: Interview; 20th Century Classical; Witold Lutoslawski; Polish composers
|Inti-Illimani: Live in Concert at Stanford University|
At Stanford University on October 30, 1973, Inti-Illimani, a Chilean folk music group, performed in concert, just months after the military coup in Chile had led to the their exile as well as the death of their fellow folk singer and frequent collaborator, Victor Jara. Saved from a similar fate by the fact that they were on tour in Europe at the time of Pinochet’s violent take over, the group took this opportunity to offer a poignant tribute to Jara and other victims of the fascist regime...
Keywords: World music; Interview and Music; Andes Region Folk songs; KPFA-FM
|Introducing the Buchla Music Easel|
A 1975 recording of a party introducing one of Don Buchla’s synthesizer, probably the Music Easel. This program begins with the sounds of Buchla and others preparing the instrument for presentation while also describing its features to interested people who are milling around the studio. Then a composition entitled “Terminal References” is performed, followed by additional music that plays in the background as the party continues, and ending with the performance of a long electronic piece...
Keywords: Music; interview; electronic music; electro-acoustic; synthesizers
|Inverness Music Festival: A Centennial Tribute to Charles Ives|
A program of music by Charles Ives, performed at the San Domenico School in San Anselmo, California as part of the 1974 Inverness Music Festival. The program begins with a brief biographical sketch of this important American composer, offered by the concert host and narrator, James Frush. The concert proper then gets under way with Ives’ “Sonata No. 4 for Violin and Piano”. This is then followed by a selection of songs, either written or arranged by Charles Ives...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; 20th Century Classical
|Irving Berlin’s 100th Birthday|
In celebration of the 100th birthday of song writer Irving Berlin, a survey of songs by the author of such well known standards as “Alexander’s Ragtime Band”, “Easter Parade”, “God Bless America”, and countless others. Born in Tyumen, Russia, on May 2, 1988, Berlin’s father was a Jewish cantor who brought the family to the U. S. in 1893. A printer’s error on his first published song resulted in a change of the family name from Baline to Berlin, and young Irving’s career was l...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; Popular Music; Motion Picture Music; Irving Berlin